28 January 2020

New figures released today have thrown light on the scandal of homelessness in Scotland.

The statistics show that the number of homeless households in temporary accommodation rose by 477 between September 2018 and September 2019, a rise of four per cent.

The report also states that the number of children in homeless households rose between September 2018 and September 2019 by 426, or six percent, leaving 7,252 homeless children living in temporary accommodation.

Commenting, Scottish Labour Communities and Equalities Spokesperson Pauline McNeill said:

“The rising trend of children in temporary accommodation is alarming. The SNP need to prioritise getting children out of temporary accommodation.

"It is heart-breaking and entirely avoidable that we have thousands of children growing up in B&Bs and other forms of temporary accommodation.

“Scotland is in desperate need of inexpensive, readily available accommodation for families as proper support for those in financial difficulty.

“Scottish Labour calls on the SNP to work with us to create a proper plan for housing in Scotland and use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to mitigate the worst aspects of Universal Credit that helps to drive families and children into poverty.”
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